5 Free Utilities that Should be Included in Windows

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tehninjapwns

Could you honestly say that you would not end up downloading this stuff anyway because it would automatically have some sort of shortcoming for the simple reason that it was in Windows?  I would suggest a MS "freeware recommendation" system ala GFW and an included app to go along with it.

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DarkHelmet

I CAN'T BELIEVE they didn't add the ability to mount an ISO.  Even the people on the Windows 7 team at Microsoft admitted they should have included that function in this article: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/07/delivering-a-quality-upgrade-experience.aspx

Here's the quote: "At Step 1 above many of you are probably thinking, “hey why don’t you just let me mount the ISO and skip the plastic disc”. We’ve heard this feedback and we deserve the feedback. We don’t have this feature in Windows 7 and we should have."

Anyway... check out MagicDisc.  Works GREAT and it's free! http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm

-Helmet

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rcolbeck

This article is so funny. Imagine in the future, we write articles wishing that MS considers including internet browser in their OS. (Anti-trust issues in Europe). Of course we would like our OS to do everything, but it kills competition.

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Vegan

I'm sure Microsoft would like to include a lot of things with their operating systems, but for some reason the government scrutinizes them for it and not others.

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kevaskous

but VLC is the player people who do't care what they listen to use. (Maybe not that bad, but it's not great.)

 

Try The KMPlayer, community driven built off winamp engine(Only on the software level, not musical reproduction, etc) from what i can tell, and it's got a plethora of options and settings and alot of built in functionality, as well the best sound quality I've dealt with. Free and uses a massive internal codec library that from the looks of, supports even more then VLC ;)

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smashingpumpin

what, no CCleaner & Foxit? no way....

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he's pwning with a trackpad? oh really? oh reheheheeally?

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rcolbeck

I agree. MS should include PDF reader.. Registry cleaner..  Wait I forgot, anti-trust issues...

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smashingpumpin

sarcasm unintended, MaxPC included 7zip didn't they?

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he's pwning with a trackpad? oh really? oh reheheheeally?

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FRAGaLOT

I'd add VLC to that list as well for being able to view ANY video and auido format/codec under the sun, with out having to deal with codecs. If you can't play it though VLC, it's not worth watching.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc

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Modred189

Secunia PSi crashes/freezes/fails to respond on launch under win7 64bit.

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Comic Book Guy

"Program Monitoring" on 64-bit Systems
The Secunia PSI now includes a 64-bit driver capable of detecting removal and installation of new programs on 64-bit systems.

Comic Book Guy

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FRAGaLOT

Hmm must be a 32bit only type application, and probably isn't aware of 64bit apps.  But 64bit drivers are less prone to vulirabilites as it's 32bit older brother.  I just DLed 7.zip and that installs a 64bit version of the app, so I'm quite impressed.

 

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nsk chaos

yum! freeware =) (and good ones too)

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